In England, there is a commonly used phrase, ‘beat about the bush’ which literally means ‘avoiding the main topic’. However, there is a more accurate expression which explains its historical origin:
“The likely origin of the phrase, ‘beat around the bush’, is derived from early hunting techniques in which unarmed men would walk around the forest beating tree branches and making noise, so as to flush the game from the bush. This allowed the hunters to avoid directly approaching the animals. This technique was most often used in boar and bird hunting and was done as a safety measure due to the razor tusks and the likelihood of a boar charging a hunter. In bird hunting, this was to scare the birds from their cover so that hunters could take them easily. It is possible that the phrase is a shortened version of an old phrase, ‘to beat the bushes for’, which meant someone was seeking something with little effort.”
So it was indeed a kind of preparation for hunters to be secured and felt ready before they start pursuing their goals with not so much effort.
Have a look at the bold words. What do you think, what do these words have in common? Yes, they all refer to the attributes of our comfort zones.
Being inside our comfort zone basically means that we don’t need to do so much effort to functionate in a way as we got used to. We can choose the easiest ways in our lives just to reduce the anxiety which is an inseparable part of building a new coping mechanism, called a habit. This habit is an automated response which we are not really aware of as we have been continuously practicing it for so long without any concentration. And as we always act in the same ways, our next reaction for a similar situation will remain consistent to our learnt behaviour. Breaking an automated habit is stressful but is a must to expand our personal boundaries.
Truth is, there are one time actions when we finally gather all of our courage and step out of our prison door. It does, however, not mean that our personal boundaries have been successfully expanded as the ‘beat about the bush effect’ is still part of our personality. That is in fact the chief culprit of not being successful in creating a more productive place as we are still not able to lower the limiting effect of our avoiding personality trait.
Contemplating the whole scenario before jumping into a new, possibly fearful situation is a natural habit of Introverts. However, it could eventually turn into overthinking and shuts down our sensitive system. That is why the ‘beat about the bush effect’ can finally rule us. An effective method must be used to be able to ignore our always judging internal dialogue. On the other hand, all Introverts need to be aware that with secure preparation, the beauty and the inspirational excitement of a spur of the moment act literally ceases to exist.
The only moment when we have some control in our lives is now, at this moment. The past doesnt exist, the future is absolutely unpredictable and most importantly, we will never ever be able to gain total control in the present in terms of a future situation. So being totally present at this moment is the only thing we have and the self-belief that we are strong and able to overcome any obstacles in our path.